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Blackberry (Rubus fructicosus)

Synonyms/Common Names/Related Substances:

  • Anthocyanins, chickasaw blackberry, marionberry, olallieberry, Rosaceae (family), Rubus, Rubus fructicosus, Rubus villosus, wild blackberry.

Clinical Bottom Line/Effectiveness

Brief Background:

  • Blackberry is a rambling vine with thumb-sized black composite "berries." The plant grows easily in temperate climates, and is often found in recently cleared areas. In vitro studies have found blackberries to be high in antioxidants, although this did not translate into benefits to those ingesting the fruit in one clinical trial (1;2;3;4;5;6). More research is needed in this area before a potential therapeutic recommendation can be made.

Dosing/Toxicology

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References

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